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February 15, 2017
Search for next leader still at starting gate Next steps for the Presidential Search Committee to find the university’s next commander could serve as the ultimate test for Suffolk.
Trump discusses on campaign promises throughout weekend; foreign affiars taken into account. Page 5. Spring Showcase brings light to otherwise dark, black box theatre. Page 7. SGA member announces campaign for presidency. See their Letter to the Editor. Page 9. Submit to Uncovered with Flash photojournalism blog by emailing SuffolkJournal@ gmail.com Stay tuned: Black History Month celebration. See story next week. Coming up: The evolution of Suffolk’s Hockey program. See story next week.
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Alexa Gagosz Editor-in-Chief In the search for the seventh leader of Suffolk
University since 2010, the university launched an official global Presidential Search Committee last summer without a deadline or timeline to
the project led by Board of Trustees member and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee John Brooks. As of early this week, however, they are
still conflicted whether or not they want to hire a search firm to begin the process. On Feb. 1, Brooks sent an email to the members
of the Suffolk community, which said: “we will be moving forward to select a search firm with
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Shaun King draws parallels to civil rights’ past Nathan Espinal Journal Staff On Wednesday, as part of Black Her/History month, keynote speaker Shaun King took the opportunity to share with the audience stories of his life as an advocate as well as the injustices he fights against. King spoke about the moments in his life that have made him into the person that he is today. His role as an activist began at Morehouse College, participating in protests against police brutality. King also addressed the protests that occurred in Boston in reaction to
executive orders signed by President Trump. “I don’t think you need inspiration that much. I think we’re all inspired. When I saw the pictures of the Women’s March in Boston it shocked me, because it was enormous, it was massive,” said King during the event. “When I saw the protests at Logan Airport, it taught me a lot. It taught me about the heart of people in Boston, and showed me that people here are sufficiently frustrated, irritated, but all that gets to inspiration as well.” After receiving his degree, King worked as a high school history and
“When people say our justice system is broken, I say, ‘No, it functions the way it was designed.’” civics teacher. Later, he worked for many charities based in Georgia. One charity allowed him to visit prisons and detention centers, offering counseling to prisoners. It was during his time counseling teenagers, who committed petty crimes that harmed no one, that King developed a deeply rooted passion to fight injustices that he saw in America.
These experiences built King a reputation and following that established him as an influential figure in the world of social justice advocacy. Currently, King is the senior justice writer at the New York Daily News, a regular political commentator for the Young Turks and vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. Co-sponsored
by the Office of Diversity Services, Black Student Union, Office of Student Leadership and Involvement, Sociology Department and the Center for Women’s Health & Human Rights, he shared with the audience his thoughts on how he measures his actions. “I’ve asked myself
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NEWS BRIEFS NEW TRUSTEE ELECTED AT SUFFOLK President of the Business School’s alumni board and co-chair of the New York alumni chapter William A. Popeleski, Jr. has been recently elected to the Suffolk University Board of Trustees. Popeleski Jr., who is a Suffolk alum, earned his MBA from the Sawyer Business School. The new trustee has been signed to a five-year term and has had experience in the business world as an entrepreneur and technology executive. Popeleski Jr. works at his management consulting firm BP Global Solutions to improve the quality and productivity of employees, processes and technology of his financial security company clients. He had also established a scholarship in his name in order to provide for students at Suffolk’s Business School, and has been continuously involved with the university for the past 20 years.
CENTER FOR RESTORATIVE JUSTICE WORKS ON NEW PLAN Suffolk Sociology professor Carolyn BoyesWatson has teamed up with the university’s Center for Restorative Justice to implement practices to combat the “school-to-prison pipeline.” The approach poses a model that focuses on repairing an individual or piece of property that was harmed in some way, in contrast to simply punishing the student. By finding constructive solutions, students are less likely to fail or be expelled. Instead of schools applying suspensions that increase the likelihood of a student dropping out, trainees at the Center have been taught this restorative justice system by facilitating peace as opposed to violence. Boynes-Watson, who is the Center’s founder and director, has lead this program that conducts one and two day restorative justice training sessions for teachers and staff of Boston Public Schools (BPS). As a result, BPS has altered its code of conduct to include alike programs, with one result leading to a custodian being assisted to fix a sink by the same student who broke it.
ALUMNA FIGHTS FOR WOMEN, AMERICAN DREAM Suffolk alumni Patricia Falvey has published two tales of Irish romance, with two more staged to be published in the future. Falvey’s career began as an accountant, not an author. At 20-years old and with only two hundred dollars after beginning her life in America, Falvey signed up with Job Corps and enrolled in night classes. She followed a friend’s suggestion and traveled to Boston to enroll in the only school that would offer her admission, with a scholarship-- Suffolk University. Here she met her then husband who convinced her to become an accountant, not an author. In the 1980s she joined a writing club in Hartford, Conn., hinting at what would come in her life. Falvey met a woman who introduced her to two literary agents on a chance encounter, and then submitted a partial story to one of them. Deciding she could not do both careers, she left her former occupation in 2008 to publish her first novel, The Yellow House, in 2010. After a friend reconnected Falvey with the university, she has been involved with Suffolk’s Women in Leadership Alumnae Network and a creative writing class to speak with students path. Her next novel is set to hit the shelves on Mar. 28 of this year.
Flynn’s departure causes Suffolk’s international community to weigh in Alexa Gagosz Editor-in-Chief Chris DeGusto News Editor Michael Flynn, who served under newly inaugurated President Donald Trump for less than a month as the national security advisor, resigned on Monday night after it was revealed that he had deceived both top White House officials and Vice President Mike Pence on his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Flynn said he had given “incomplete information” to officials regarding a telephone call he had late in December with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about American sanctions against Russia. This was just weeks before Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Flynn denied that he had any such conversations with the ambassador and
Pence had repeatedly defended Flynn this month, including on live television broadcasts. On Monday, the Justice Department feared that Flynn could eventually receive blackmail by Russia as a result to a tip that the Justice Department received from a former administration official, according to the New York Times. In the early days of Trump’s executive leadership inside the White House, some of the actions he has taken and circumstances he has either been placed into or found himself in have fallen under harsh scrutiny; the resignation of his National Security Advisor being on that list. With investigations of Flynn are underway from the FBI and the army, the departure of the now former advisor has opened up channels of conversation for some who disapprove of the Trump administration. Junior Business
Information Systems major Alexi Korolev, who is originally from Moscow, does not identify as a Trump or President Vladimir Putin supporter. However, he said that he is looking forward to better relations between the U.S. and Russia. “I’m confident that the President Trump is highly interested in repairing and stabilizing RussianAmerican diplomatic relations,” said Korolev in an interview on Tuesday night. “The former cabinet used rather hostile methods and tactics and that didn’t do any good to anyone, except for escalating the issue even further.” Flynn’s hasty resignation resulted in at least two staff members of the National Security Council, and that by having conversations about policy with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office, the now former advisor broke protocol, according to the New York Times.
A transcript of Flynn’s December call with the Russian ambassador has been reported to have contained ambiguous dialogue which “Trump could have justified either firing or keeping Flynn.” According to statements from Flynn, he had originally described the conversation to consist of small talk, but reports have also claimed the call included discussion about potential sanctions. “Throughout my over 30 years of honorable military service, and my tenure as the National Security Advisor, I have always performed my duties with the utmost of integrity and honesty to those I have served, to include the President of the United States,” said Flynn in his resignation letter which was reported to be voluntary, due to effect of damaging news coverage. Lt. Gen. Joseph k Kellogg Jr., a Vietnam army veteran, has replaced Flynn as acting
King talks police brutality, violence against minorities From KING page 1 these questions over the ark of my life, ‘where would I be in the 50s and 60s? who would I be?’” said King. “I realize that I don’t even have to ask myself that question. We are in that moment right now. So the measure of what you would do in the Civil Rights Movement is what did you do yesterday? What are you doing tomorrow?” When the death of Eric Garner at the hands of a police officer was brought to his attention, King felt the need to speak out. Since then, hundreds of incidents involving the police and people of color have been brought to the public eye. He has repeatedly spoken out against police brutality and has been quick to respond to the violent acts that occurred in Ferguson, Mo. and Charleston, S.C., as well as many other cities. Throughout his work, King said that many have expressed a sentiment that gave the impression that America is going back in time.
“Well, what they were really saying was ‘I thought humanity was steadily getting better, but I’m stumped because if humanity is steadily getting better, then why does it feel like we are going back in time?’ We thought that we were better than we really are,” King said. “When people ask ‘is this the sixties,’ I say, ‘no it is 2017 and it sucks.’” King elaborated his stance on state and federal prison systems and how they are targeted toward people of color. He discussed laws that were created after the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil Rights Act to mass incarcerate people from predominantly black neighborhoods. “When people say our justice system is broken, I say, ‘No, it functions the way it was designed.’ Some things can’t be done by accident,” said King. “We currently have more citizens incarcerated than any country in the world right now.” This, along with police brutality and the republican controlled Congress and Executive
Office, are leaving many people feeling powerless. King countered this idea, saying that people are motivated enough already; it is the lack of a strategy that prevents anything from being done. He said that power resides in cities where the citizens hold the people in charge accountable. “Where else do we have power? Colleges,”said King, listing the various ways marginalized communities that gain power within universities. “We are asking college police departments to make progressive changes because most police officers on college campuses used to work for local departments or will one day work for one, and we believe that when those officers see a better way of doing things it will also affect police departments.” King spoke of how important it is for every citizen to use the power invested in them to do right by one another, and to use that power with an awareness of how their environment can be used in their favor. He made clear that the education
system is a strategic way to take on power struggles. In an interview with The Suffolk Journal following the event, King spoke of how the education system is only beginning to teach children character education. “You can’t be partisan in schools, but you can teach kids about their civic responsibilities, what it means to be a fully committed citizen,” said King. “We are doing it in a way that doesn’t empower kids. Having them memorize the amendments doesn’t teach them how to be good citizens. We have to look at the outcomes and work from there. How do we produce an outcome that provides humane conversations?” If anything has been made clear by King, it is that America needs to establish systems that unite the people rather than divide. To change these systems, the people need to start understanding the other side and organize to prevent injustices from occurring.
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Boston’s walk for homelessness endures chills of February Morgan Hume Journal Staff
Winter months in Boston can be treacherous for the city’s homeless community, as some struggle each day to find shelter and warmth in the freezing weather. Participants in the inaugural Winter Walk braved the cold temperatures on Sunday morning through the streets of Boston to raise awareness about the challenges homeless people face and to fundraise to help end the fight against homelessness.
“We are asking people to learn more, to learn about homelessness, about our incredible partner organizations providing services to the homeless community in Greater Boston, to look a homeless person in the eye and learn their story,” Ari Barbanell, one of the co-founders of the Winter Walk, said in an interview with The Suffolk Journal before the event. “We are challenging people to walk with us, not to walk by.” The two-mile long walk took about one hour to complete. It began in Copley Square, looped through the Boston Public Garden and the Boston Common and returned
back to the starting point. It was scheduled to take place on Feb. 12, during the coldest month of the year, no matter how much rain or snow was predicted in the weather forecast, because the point of the walk was to show the conditions homeless people may experience throughout the frigid season. Many people felt that the walk was an eye-opening experience. “I see a lot of homeless people around the city and I think that it’s a really important issue that doesn’t get enough funding,” Shelby Phelan, a student at Northeastern University, said in an interview with The
Journal. Barbanell said that ending homelessness is within reach due to a number of organizations doing amazing work, and that the objective is to teach people to do more and make change within the city. Phelan decided to get involved with the Winter Walk to make a difference in the lives of people she sees on the street every day and promote this cause so others could do the same. She explained that she had trouble convincing her friends to come to the walk with her because they were scared of being outside in the cold weather. “It was supposed to
be raining and sleeting, and I tried to get a couple friends to come out with me and they’re like ‘It’s going to be bad weather.’ That’s what they [homeless people] have to do all the time,” Phelan said. When the participants returned to Copley Square around 10 a.m., they were greeted with a community breakfast outside Trinity Church, live music and presentations from Winter Walk’s partner companies about the work they do and the impact they want to make. Although the walk helped spread awareness about homelessness in the city, some people believed that there were other
ways the event could’ve been more effective and more interactive with the homeless community. “I kind of feel like maybe supporting in other ways could’ve been a lot better than just walking, but I do think it makes you realize how awful it would be to be one of those people who are homeless,” Shelby Stepanian, 28, of Cambridge said in an interview with The Journal after returning to Copley Square. “Maybe it would make you be a bit more mindful when you’re walking by them every morning,” Each walker donated $100 to participate in the event.
Local activists lead National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees Nick Viveiros Journal Contributor Hundreds of Americans in cities across the country braved the weather on Sunday to take a stand for refugees in light of President Donald Trump’s actions centering around immigration. A Boston rally was held at the base of the New England Holocaust Memorial near Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The rally was hosted in part by Boston District 8 City Councilor Josh Zakim, and was organized as part of a larger effort known as the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees, a day of protest organized by HIAS (formerly Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), a Maryland-based refugee advocacy group. “Our new President’s executive orders fly in the face of the timeless
american tradition of welcoming the stranger, the immigrant, the refugee, the oppressed,” said Zakim to open the event. “We are here today to stand for the proud tradition of love, against discrimination and hatred. Right now, people are fleeing from war and famine; we’re facing the greatest refugee crisis since after World War II.” The rally comes after a scrutinized first month in office for Trump, who has made headlines for a number of executive actions. On Jan. 25, Trump signed a series of executive orders that will permit the construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Just days later, on Jan. 28, Trump signed Executive Order 13770, which barred immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations and set off a firestorm of criticism and
protests from academics, foreign policy experts and human rights activists alike. The order also halted the Syrian refugee resettlement indefinitely. Fred Manasse, a survivor of the Holocaust and refugee advocate, was one of the advertised speakers at the event. During an emotional speech, he told of the horrors his family faced in Poland. “While HIAS was able to save me and my brother, they were too late for my family,” said Manasse. “America had the same attitude then about Jews as they do now about Muslims. [Those Jews] were victims of the same kind of policy Trump seems to be espousing.” While Manasse, now 81, was able to make it out of Europe, his family wasn’t so lucky. His parents died in Auschwitz
in the early 1940s after Cuba and the U.S. denied them access as a refugee. “My father was on the last ship out of Germany, the Saint Louis,” said Manasse. “Even Franklin Roosevelt did not step in, so the ship went back to Germany, and my father died in Auschwitz in 1942.” Just six at the time, Manasse and his brother were hidden in France. In 1945, the two brothers finally made it to the US. He urged lawmakers to rethink the ban and refugee policy. Speakers at the rally acknowledged that while a recent court ruling struck down the ban as unconstitutional, there is still more work to be done. “While we can be encouraged by the recent court decisions that have halted some of the President’s antiimmigrant and anti-
Muslim actions, this administration’s animus towards refugees continues,” said Zakim. “The recent federal immigration raids across major American cities makes today’s actions even more important and more timely. It’s always the right time to do the right thing.” Local leaders representing nearly all major religions - and some representing none at all - spoke at the event. Rabbi Claudia Kreiman of Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, who is a native of Santiago, Chile where her father was the chief rabbi of the nation, spoke at the rally. Growing up under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, she has been an activist her entire life, and said the executive order flies in the face of Jewish values. “I’m here today as a Jew, as an immigrant,
and as a new American citizen,” said Kreiman. “The judge who welcomed us reminded us that immigrants make this country great. The Jewish community is standing up with a strong and united voice to say that America must not close its door on refugees.” In a sign of unity, Imam Faisal Khan of the Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland, spoke directly after Kreiman, to show despite longstanding tensions between the Arabs and Israelis, on this issue, they were in agreement. “Your solidarity in this cause, showing up at airports and at rallies, has given hope not only to those on shores far away praying for a better life, but also to the Muslim community here in Boston, those who work and live with you. You have given us hope.”
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A Word Search may be looking for partner in process from SGA From SEARCH page 1
Dear Suffolk Students, Since we all survived the snowy weekend, it is time to get back to work. Nominations for the Annual SGA Leadership Awards opened on Tuesday, and we would like to encourage all students to participate. SGA Awards recognize those students, clubs and administrators that go above and beyond in extracurricular activities for the benefit of the Suffolk community. All students were emailed the link, but it can also be found on our social media @SuffolkSGA (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). We ask you all to take a few minutes and submit the names of those you think are most deserving! All senator positions are open for the 20172018 school year and election packets are now available! Pick up your packets in the SGA office (Sawyer 324C), at the SLI front desk or at the HUB in 20 Somerset. Pick up your packet and make your voice heard in SGA! Black Student Union’s annual Black & White Affair is this Friday!! All tickets are officially sold out, but for those in attendance, BSU is excited to bring you one of the best Suffolk events of the year! This week is Commuter Student Appreciation week! Look out for commuter centered programs all week put on by OCHO. And for those students looking for apartments, be sure to check out Apartment Palooza on Feb. 28 in the Sargent Hall Function Room. As always, the weekly SGA general meeting is Thursday from 12:151:30 in Somerset B18 and we encourage all students to attend. The Student Government Association
which to partner on this process.” Yet, on Tuesday morning, just two weeks after the email was sent, Brooks said in an interview with The Suffolk Journal that the Committee later in the day would be discussing if they wanted to move forward with that plan or not. The information that was deliberated on Tuesday night would be discussed with upper administration and sent to the community later this month, according to Brooks. “We will probably use a search firm,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Lamb in an interview late Tuesday night. “Until we find one though, it’s not definite.” Lamb went on to say that the Committee did not make the decision on Tuesday night of what firm to choose, however, they did discuss the process. “It makes sense to spend the money to do the job right,” said Lamb Tuesday night and said that he looked to find a candidate that would stay at Suffolk for a substantial amount of time. “I look at it as an investment.” The email that was sent on the first of the month continued and outlined feedback that students, alumni, faculty, staff and trustees provided in nearly 60 meetings throughout what Brooks called the “listening” phase of the search. In what has followed a turbulent past six months surrounding former President Margaret McKenna and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees Andrew Meyer, the Committee said they collaborated with the Suffolk community to define the ideal position profile to ensure the redirection of the public image of the university in the email. The description of the ideal candidate is said to be public in the coming weeks. Some within the Suffolk community believe that partnering with a search firm will ultimately result in the hiring of a president that is not completely for the Suffolk brand. Brooks, however, defended the
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The president’s office, which is currently filled by Acting President Marisa Kelly, may not see a new face for a while as the Search Committee has no set deadlines. Committee’s decision if it was decided to partner with a firm. He said that the Committee would be in control of the firm and is only there to aid the search as most of those members on the Committee have full-time jobs themselves. “At the end of the day it’s really the Committee that is responsible to set the stage for what a search firm would do under our direction,” said Brooks. “What we didn’t want [before] was to get a search firm that was just going to go through the motions.” Brooks explained that the Committee would be looking for the firm to help with putting out advertisements of which candidates would eventually respond to,
such as in the Chronicle of Higher Education. “We’re looking into having a group that can help us be efficient in our process,” said Brooks. Brooks defined the six key themes that the next president should possess, according to the feedback the Committee has received: vision, trust, financial stability, collaboration (internal and external), brand building, best practices and transparency. Brooks said that the Committee is looking to create a timeline in which they would accomplish items, but do not have any “hard, stopped deadlines.” “As we go forward, we want to make sure that we do this in the best possible way and follow
through with what people call ‘best practices,’” said Brooks. “We’ll get there when we get there. It’s not like we have to get it done by some deadline because I think that it can easily get you into trouble as it may force compromise. We have no interest in that.” Acting President Marisa Kelly was appointed last summer when McKenna was ousted after a vote was conducted by the Board. Some sources within the university’s upper administration said in an interview on Tuesday night that Kelly could be considered. Brooks, however, said on Tuesday morning that the Committee has not received any resumés since there is not a
description to apply to as of yet. Suffolk has been slandered by some for having seven presidents in as many years, but Brooks said he is ready to put a stop to it. “When we finally get to the point when we’re giving an offer to someone, we will have a level of commitment that they would have to be on board for,” said Brooks who explained that the incoming president will be expected to stay for a minimum of five years, but ideally will be in Suffolk’s top office for ten years. “We all believe in this institution and we all believe this is a critical position. This institution cannot afford any mishaps or missteps,” said Brooks.
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Trump continues policy backpedal
Suffolk’s Asia expert highlights latest presidential compromises Jacob Geanous World News Editor
Over the past week, President Donald Trump has begun his involvement in the Asia Pacific political theater, which included reneging on some of his strongest campaign rhetoric. During the busy week, Trump and his constituents have been diplomatically involved with China, Japan, and to some extent, North and South Korea. By the end of the weekend, Trump notably backtracked on a large portion of the incendiary language and policy that headlined his presidential campaign . Ron Suleski, Suffolk University history professor and Director of Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, has spent decades studying the countries that Trump has recently begun to make connections with. Suleski spent nearly 20 years living in Tokyo, Japan before returning to America to work at Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Suleski was also elected to be the President of the Asiatic Society of Japan. His eight-year term was the longest in the society’s more than two century long history. “I’m as mystified by [Trump] as anyone is,” said Suleski. “During the election campaign he was talking very irresponsibly about a lot of things and it seemed that a lot of people in the United States liked that. Now that he’s in office, so far, he’s had to change what he’s saying.” On Thursday, President Trump spoke on the phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping. During the conversation, Trump backed down on previous threats of nonsupport for China by agreeing to honor the “One China” policy that asserts that there is only one Chinese government, according to multiple news sources. During his campaign, Trump said that, without concessions from Beijing, he saw no reason that the agreement should continue. Tension had been forming between the
United States and Chinese president after Trump answered a phone call from Taiwan after being elected, breaking diplomatic protocol that has lasted for decades. “President Xi Jinping had been angered by what Trump was saying in the election, so they hadn’t talked yet,” said Soleski. “During the call they arranged for President Xi to ask Trump if he supported the ‘One China’ policy. It was predetermined that Trump would say yes. Xi Jinping wouldn’t have made that call without assurance.” The next day, President Trump held a Press Conference with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss industry, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, immigration and the looming threat of North Korea’s ballistic missile tests. The two world leaders engaged in a cordial discourage that starkly differed from the antiJapan rhetoric used by Trump during his campaign. Abe arrived in Washington and announced a substantial proposal to invest $150 billion in U.S. infrastructure that would include a highspeed bullet train, and create more than 700,000
American jobs. This appeasement was welcomed by Trump, who treated Japan as a verbal punching bag during his campaign to rail against current U.S. political alliances. “I didn’t know how [the talk] would go, but I didn’t think it would go that way at all,” said Suleski. “It went very well only because at any point Donald Trump backed up two steps and spoke the exact words that he was criticizing. Nobody knows what he’s going to do next. He may think that it’s to his advantage, but I don’t think it is.” According to Suleski, Trump and Abe share similiar ideals. Both follow a conservative ideology and have instituted exceptionalist ideals into their political playbooks. “In some ways they’re alike,” said Suleski. “They are both right-wing politicians and I don’t know if they touched on that. One says ‘Make America Great Again’ and the other says ‘Japan First’.” While running for office, Trump made inflammatory claims that Japan “doesn’t pay us for defense” and “If we’re attacked, Japan doesn’t have to do anything. They can sit home and watch Sony television, OK?”, but
various political aides pouring over documents while huddled around a dinner table at the Florida golf resort. DeAgazio’s photos, and the captions he included, detail the scene. Bystanders used their cellphone flashlights to illuminate the documents that President Trump was reviewing. Another photo from DeAgazio featured the man who allegedly carried the “nuclear football”, a device that allows Trump to have immediate access to America’s nuclear arsenal. The photos have been removed after a public outcry that called into question whether this type of information should be readily available to private citizen members of Mar-a-Lago. Addressing the criticism, U.S. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement that no classified material was By Twitter user @realDonaldTrump discussed at Mar-a-Lago this Friday he changed North’s first attempt at during the weekend. Abe, upon learning his tune and stated “it is testing Trump’s policy on the news of the launch, important that the United the isolated country” North Korea’s States and Japan continue According to Suleski, called to invest very heavily the North Korean missile actions intolerable in a in the alliance to build launch was most likely a statement to the multiple up our defense and our threat, but South Korea’s new sources at Mar-a defensive capabilities.” statements following Lago; while Trump did He also thanked Abe the launch were just not directly speak on the for hosting U.S. armed a continuation of the missile, itself, but did forces in Japan. country’s propaganda state that the U.S. will staunchly back Japan. “Yes, Japan is our ally machine. Abe also called for and the same goes for “South Koreans Korea and China; why are making political North Korea to abandon [Trump] didn’t say that propaganda like they all nuclear and ballistic programs, from the beginning, I always do,” Suleski said. missile the lofty don’t know,” said Suleski. “So naturally they are although During the press going to say it’s a warning. provocation has not yet conference President It’s not an objective been followed by any Trump stated that the analysis. It’s propaganda” reactionary efforts to Japanese/U.S. alliance Despite the baseless confront North Korea’s international was the “cornerstone” of assertion by South latest peace in the Asia Pacific. Korean officials, Suleski transgression. North Korean Leader “We will work still interpreted the together to promote our missile test as a threat to Kim Jong-Un has yet shared interests including multiple countries, not to officially confirm if the missile launch was freedom from navigation just the missiles target. and defending against “It’s a threat to all of the intended to be a political the North Korean missile neighbors of North Korea: message, although during and nuclear threat,” South Korea, Japan, China a recent New Year’s speech Trump said at the press and in a sense Russia,” Un announced that North conference. “I consider Suleski said. “Every Time Korea was in the “final both a very high priority” something big happens stages” of preparing to Less than two days North Korea wants to conduct its first test of an later, as Trump and Abe assert that ‘hey we’re intercontinental ballistic spent the weekend in here’ and play the role missile. “The beauty of Mar-a-Lago, North Korea of the tough guy. They American policy with Asia launched a missile over always do that.” the Sea of Japan, reported The news of the launch was that it has managed multiple news sources. was followed by a gaffe- to keep the peace and The missile fell short ridden crisis management avoid military conflict for decades,” said Suleski. from reaching land, only job by Trump. traveling about 310 miles Photo’s from “Partly, it’s because none before plunging into Massachusetts resident of the countries really the sea, but the launch and Mar-a-Lago member want it. Maybe North was described by South Richard DeAgazio’s Korea really wants it Korean officials to The Facebook page depicted because they have the New York Times, as “The Trump, Abe, and their least to lose.”
6 FEB. 15, 2017
The year of the rooster
Suffolk Law students celebrate Lunar New Year Nick Viveiros Journal Staff
Members of the Suffolk Law Asian Pacific American Law Student Association gathered in the function room of Sargent Hall on Feb. 10 to ring in the Lunar New Year. Students and their friends celebrated the occasion with food, academic speakers, a live martial arts performance and a traditional dragon dance. Michelle Rhee, Associate General Counsel at Bank of America in Boston, spoke to those who attended the event, and Calvin Chin’s Martial Arts Academy staged a traditional martial arts performance. The celebration also included many Lunar New Year traditions and dishes. “Food brings everyone together, so that’s always a big part,” said APALSA chapter President Winnie Choi. Choi, a native New Yorker who holds an undergraduate
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Students relax in the Law School’s main function room as a part of the dragon dance towered overhead. degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, explained the specific traditions observed around the Lunar New Year across
the Asian world. “You don’t sweep, don’t use a knife, you don’t even wash your hair” on the first day of the new year, said Choi.
“The purpose of these superstitions is to make sure you don’t wash away the good luck that comes with the new year.” Celebration of the
Lunar New Year has long been a part of the chapter’s traditions. “[This event] probably dates back to the early 2000s, long before I was here at Suffolk Law,” said Choi. “We want to bring everyone -- law students, undergrads -- together to talk about Asian culture and our New Year traditions.” Suffolk Law School has had a rich history of Asian-American students and alumni, beginning with alumnus Harry Hom Dow. Dow, who graduated from Suffolk Law in 1929, became the first Chinese-American to be admitted to the bar in Massachusetts. Each fall, the chapter hosts a series of talks named for Dow are the chapter’s way of honoring an important figure in legal history. “The lectures usually focus on immigration law,” Choi noted, as Dow was an immigration lawyer. “To me, this event represents tradition and valuing Asian American culture within our society,” APALSA community service chair
Kwok “Paul” Tse said over the sound of breaking ice at the food table behind him. “From family to family, generation to generation, this is just one way to keep our culture alive.” According to their website, the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) “represents the interests of Asian Pacific American law students and provides advocacy, support, and career development opportunities for its members throughout the United States.” Founded in 1981, NAPALSA was the first and, as of late, only student-led body with the purpose of “linking affiliated Asian Pacific American law student organizations and law students across the country, and promote their interests.” The organization also helped found the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), an organization which acts as a support system for Asian-American members of the American Bar Association (ABA).
WORLD BRIEFS ASSASSINATION | MALAYSIA
MOB KILLING | AFGHANISTAN
AVALANCHE | FRANCE
Kim Jong-nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was killed in an attack in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpar on Monday morning. The attack took place in a Malaysian airport when a woman covered Jong-nam’s face with a cloth soaked with an unknown liquid that burnt his eyes, according to the BBC. He died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital in nearby Putrajaya. Authorities say at this time they do not have any suspects, however, they are looking into possible leads from witnesses. There was a delay in identifying the victim as Kim Jong-un’s half brother as he was traveling under an assumed identity, “Kim Chol.” Officials do not yet know why he was traveling under a fake name, or the motives for the attack as of early Wednesday morning.
A young couple was killed by a mob in Afghanistan on Monday after the eloped pair was kidnapped from a police station in Kabul. Fatiha, 18, had been married against her will and, instead, eloped with a man in his early 20s, Hedayatullah. On Saturday, police arrested the couple on suspicion of adultery. While the couple was being held at the police station, a mob led by the young woman’s husband, his family, and her brothers and cousins stormed the police station, according to the New York Times. It is common in rural parts of Afghanistan for fathers to marry off their daughters without their consent, despite both Afghan civil law and Islamic Shariah law requiring consent from both parties. However authorities often side with the families, and honor killings that occur when an Afghan woman refuses the marriage are fairly common.
Four snowboarders were killed by an avalanche in the French Alps on Monday. The four people include a 48-year-old man, his 15-year-old son, his 19-year-old step-son and their instructor, all of whom are believed to be French. The group had ventured off-piste when the avalanche struck at approximately 10 a.m. More than 40 rescue workers, aided by dogs, were involved in the search. The snowboarders’ bodies were located beneath more than six feet of snow near the Tignes Le Lavachet ski resort in the Claret Valley. A local National Police rescue worker believes the avalanche was caused by “shock waves across a thick slab of snow packed by strong winds,” according to a report by the New York Times. On Monday, the risk of avalanche was at a three on a scale of one to five according to MeteoFrance’s website.
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Cast members of “Something Went Wrong with the Mystery Machine,” from left to right: Jacob Marino, Kyle Salvaggio, DJ Fabrizio, Allison Blackburn. Back: Mickey Rodgers.
Student productions lighten the black box Felicity Otterbein Arts Editor
When presented with an empty and barren black box, some fail to see beyond the potential it holds. Some may look at it merely as a container to store things, others may not even give it a second glance. On the other hand, some may look at it like a blank canvas anxiously awaiting a new masterpiece to be displayed. At the Suffolk University’s Sullivan Theater, members of the theater department pounced on the opportunity to create their own masterpieces as part of Spring Showcase. In a medley of four short productions, Suffolk students were able to transform one single black box into four completely different times, places and stories. Kicking off the evening was “The Lucid,” written and directed by junior theater major Matt Bittner. The short play follows a young man named Ray and the lofty
concept of the afterlife; Bittner provides the audience with a potential scenario in which one might enter post-mortem. In this scenario, Ray, played by junior theater major Jack Aschenbach, has found himself seated interview-style in front of a woman seated at a desk named Dana, played by sophomore theater major Helen Brind’Amour. She politely asks Ray to answer a series of questions ranging from inquiring about his favorite color and to pick two options out of a list containing the words, “mammal, reptile, amphibian, bird, fish.” Based on the answers Ray gives, the woman at the desk proceeds to give him one last decision to make-- he must decide between a red panda and a squirrel. To this, he repeatedly questions where he is and why he is being subjected to such intense questioning. After an aggressive shouting match, Dana reveals to Ray that he has died in a car crash and is now seated in Reincarnation Services. These two options that Dana presented to Ray are what
he must choose between to be reincarnated as, based on the answers that he provided in his initial questionnaire. In a hysterical display of confusion and the
lucidly, or have control of his dreams. The pair discuss life and what is worth living for while Ray decides that it would be better for him to start a new life as an animal with
in what felt like a hazy dream-like trance. With the rise and fall of the action on stage, it was easy to get lost in the emotions that were hurled into the open
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ultimate acceptance of his death, Ray and Dana became closer after Dana realized that Ray is able to comprehend everything that is happening to him because in his life he was able to dream
an entirely new memory, than to just cease to exist with no memory of his past life. Composed almost entirely under just two overhead lights, this production was done
space regarding love and loss. In a tumultuous and gripping scene, Bittner encapsulates the emotion that comes with losing a life and accepting death in one swift motion. After a quick scene
change, the black box theater is completely stripped of Bittner’s play and re-set for “Something Went Wrong with the Mystery Machine,” written by senior theater major Ariana Messana and directed by senior theater major Jessica Hickey. As a very loose jab at the infamous Scooby Doo and gang ensemble, this production follows alternate versions of Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby in what appears to be a locked house with no obvious way out. The new gang is comprised of Rick, played by freshman theater major Kyle Salvaggio, Violet, played by sophomore undeclared major Allison Blackburn, Louise, played by freshman theater Mickey Rodgers, Casey, played by junior politics, philosophy and economics major DJ Fabrizio and Sammy played by junior theater major Jacob Marino. The gang seems to have no prior relationship with each other but
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Theater students transform Sullivan Theater in Spring Showcase From SHOWCASE page 7 quickly discover that they must stick together in order to survive an ever present “Monster,” and to successfully escape the house they are trapped in. True to franchise fashion, there is a montage of the members running around terrified to ironically upbeat music through doors and crossing paths, ending up in a big collision that results in half of the gang being reunited despite this unnamed but ever-present doom. In a dramatic plot twist, some members turn against each other in the heat of the moment and right at the peak of the climax, a blackout is cued and gunshots ring out. Scooby Doo, where are you? In yet another quick scene change, the black box is stripped once
again and the stagehands zoom out from behind the curtains only to redress the entire stage for the third production of the evening, “~~~***2009***~~~,” written by Claire Boyle, who recently unenrolled
over the speakers. Then a cut to Emily, played by freshman theater major Courtney Bouchard who delivers an sassy and attitudinal soliloquy describing her fate as an early teen who was struck by a
“In a medley of four short productions, Suffolk students were able to transform one single black box into four completely different times, places and stories.” at Suffolk, and Director Kevin J.P. Hanley who is a senior theater major. From stage left, a blonde girl wheels onto the stage on a razor scooter, does a quick jump, and continues to ride off stage where the sound of a car crash plays
car and was announced comatose in 2009, only to wake up eight years later as a grown woman with several questions. In her speech, which she delivered in a wheelchair and hospital gown, Emily conveys how upset she is that she missed out
on such important and formative years, drawing attention to the convivial conventions of the early 2000s. She alludes to once-famous Taco Bell meals and the T-Mobile phone the “Sidekick” being such important concepts in her young life, only to be dismayed that these items no longer exist. Thrilled to have her friend awake and back in the game, her lifelong best friend Michelle, senior public relations major Erica Lundin, has counted the seconds waiting for Emily to wake up from her coma only to fill her in on everything that she has been doing since her friend almost died in a car crash. The two girls catch up and perform a quick rendition of Lady Gaga’s classic hit “Bad Romance,” after a brief discussion on whether or not Emily should go on a
date with the doctor that had been caring for her for the last eight years. A hilarious and cringeworthy trip down memory lane, “~~~***2009***~~~,” had audience members feeling nostalgic and reminiscing on the last eight years of their own lives. Finally, in one last strip down, the Sullivan black box theater was transformed again, this time to almost nothing. In the final performance of the night, “900 Mouths Versus The Black Box,” written by Suffolk alum Theo Goodell and adapted and directed by junior english and theater double major Aira Lynn Sergany, the entire cast and crew of the showcase came together to create a hodge-podge of stimuli. Different members screeched incoherent ramblings while others skipped around the
stage in a faded trance. The ensemble invited members of the audience to stand in the thick of it all and experience this self-described, “parade of fragments.” It was just that. Designed to capture all that happens inside a black box, “900 Mouths,” paints the perfect picture of an ideal black box theater. It changes on a whim and transports audiences to new worlds, new dimensions and new ideas. Forever a symbol of creativity and imagination, the black box theater is a beacon to all those who seek to create and push the walls of the box as far as they’ll go. Suffolk University’s Spring Showcase was a wonder-filled, thoughtprovoking event that is just the beginning for those who still seek the thrill of creation.
The Titanic, lost love and a new storyline to the old tale Felicity Otterbein Arts Editor Heartbreak is timeless and relatable to all those who have experienced it. However, it can only go one of two ways. Either the boy or the girl wins over the other’s heart after a montage of long walks in the rain and lonely coffee shop visits, complete with some sort of graphic apology or love confession, or ultimate tragedy sets in and heartbreak stems from permanent loss of said loved one which we’ve seen time and time again.
Author Scott Stevens opted for the latter in his historical novel, The Lost Deposition of Glynnis Smith McLean, a story of love and loss aboard the RMS Titanic. The story itself follows Ireland native Glynnis Smith, whom we get to know through her diary entries starting when she was eight-years-old in 1903 and ending when she is 17 and aboard the Titanic itself. She talks about her education and her excitement about growing up, her hopes of one day going to visit America and the unconditional love she has for her family.
Then, her life is changed when she meets her new neighbor who becomes her ultimate best friend and husband, Ian McLean. Like all young people, she’s excited to have a new friend and is fascinated with his involvement in her family’s farm work, considering he has his own family and can follow his father, who is a banker, around and learn from him. Glynnis is intrigued and becomes incredibly fond of Ian and shares her private thoughts with the reader regarding him and the feelings she has towards
him in her diary. Experiencing the maturation of Glynnis’ and Ian’s relationship over the documented years really makes the reader feel comfortable with the characters. There is never any kind of Hollywoodesque kind of cheesy romance where the girl is cute and quirky and her clumsiness is attractive to the boy who is way out of her league and they bond over some obscure commonality between them. Glynnis and Ian are as easy as falling asleep. It’s right, it’s natural, it’s comfortable. Similarly written
like the “Diary of Anne Frank,” the reader lives vicariously through the eyes of teenage Glynnis. Her thoughts and feelings are easily accessible and relatable to all who have experienced the ups and downs of young love and friendship. In a diary entry from Glynnis’ formative years she writes, “Schoolmates have long said we were an inseparable pair, and we are proud to be so! I’m fifteen years old now, and he’s seventeen - and we’re already old and comfortable mates. He sits here with me as I write this and smiles,
yet he’s never moved to compromise me nor have I ever encouraged him to. We are best friends - and more. Much more.” Being a teenager, let alone a teenage bride, it’s easy to get caught up in the dramatics of young love and passion which is why “The Lost Deposition” is such an amazing and approachable story. It’s heartache is relatable and the strength that the characters show when faced with adversity is so inspiring it really forces the reader to sympathize with them and understand the urgency of that fateful night on the Atlantic.
ARTS BRIEFS CHANCE THE RAPPER WINS GRAMMYS Chance the Rapper won his first Grammy Awards. During the Sunday night awards ceremony, Chance was awarded best new artist, best rap album and best rap performance. For the first time ever, the Grammys made streaming-only albums available for awards, allowing Chance’s album to be nominated. Last year he released his album, “Coloring Book,” making it only available for streaming and free downloads. Chance continues to run without a formal record label. Tuesday, Chance announced his 2017 spring tour, kicking it off on April 24 in San Diego. He will be visiting Boston on May 26. This is Chance’s first solo headlining tour.
MEMPHIS STUDENTS CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH Black History Month came to life at the University of Memphis as students created a live art installation that featured students dressed akin to black historical figures. The artists were accompanied by placards describing the people they stood to represent in great detail. Eighteen figures were showcased in the exhibit. Historical figures from all walks of life were represented, from legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, to social justice activist W. E. B. DuBois. Well known icons Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King, Jr. were also featured.
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Vice President Daniel Gazzani begins campaign for President of SGA
Dear Students, It is with great excitement that I announce my candidacy for President of the Suffolk University Student Government Association (SGA). SGA is the organization that directly represents students here at Suffolk and acts as the voice, eyes and ears of the student body. For the past academic year, it has been an honor serving as your Vice President, but with the upcoming SGA elections, the time to elect the people who will represent you the next academic year is fast approaching, and it is very important that you all vote to make sure your voice is heard. During my time at Suffolk I have had the pleasure of meeting people from many different places and backgrounds. I believe that something that makes our university so special is the people who comprise our vibrant and diverse community. I personally am an international student who was born and raised in Venezuela. My parents were both born to immigrant families in our country. My father’s side of the family emigrated from Italy shortly after the end of World War II, and my mother’s side of the family emigrated from Hungary shortly after the war as well. I often get asked by my peers why I am in SGA: A big part of why I have such a passion for public service and for giving back to my community is because
of the inspiration my family has been to me. Having Jewish-Hungarian grandparents who survived the Holocaust and built a life in a new country to provide for their family, and an Italian grandfather who at the time fought with the partisans against the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini, taught me how important it is to fight for what you believe in. My grandparents moved to Venezuela in search of a better life, which they had until a new dictatorship took over our country. When I applied to Suffolk, it was not only because of my admiration for American politics but also because my parents wanted to keep me safe, which is not possible in a country where crime, corruption, food shortages and political instability now form part of people’s everyday lives. They wanted to give me the opportunity to also look for a better life, which I will be eternally grateful for. When I came to the United States, Suffolk University had become not only the place I go to school but also my new home. I always tell my friends that I came to this country thinking it was perfect but in my time here I have learned that this is far from true. There is a lot of work to be done and the place to start is right here on our campus. As Vice President I vowed to the students who elected me to be a voice for everyone. I noticed international students were not as actively involved in our school as other members of our diverse community; issues with class registration had started to become a problem for many students, and SGA, which is an amazing organization, lacked awareness itself.
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Statement of candidacy:
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My goal was to improve all of those things, and while SGA does not have the power to implement change, we sure can influence it. I have seen members of this organization work hard to achieve the same goals and I am happy to see how we have improved. However, we are still not done. In his inauguration speech in 1961, President Kennedy discussed all the goals he had set for his administration. He said, “All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.” In regards to these issues that affect student life here at Suffolk, I am proud to say that we have begun. Now, let us continue. There is still work to do with campus safety, overall student involvement, issues with the City of Boston, and our school’s administration. However, all these projects and goals that we set for ourselves cannot be accomplished alone, and this is why I need your help. I look forward to keep serving the students of my university for the remainder of this semester and ask you to allow me the honor of serving as your next Student Body President. Sincerely, Daniel Gazzani
Please contact me with any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.
Disguising food prices with different payment systems Amy Koczera
Upon touring Suffolk as a prospective student just last year, my tour guide briefly mentioned that Sodexo provides all food services at Suffolk. I did not have high expectations for the food once I arrived, but what shocked me was not the food itself, rather the price of the food. Most universities require students living on-campus to have a meal plan of some sort. However, some students can opt out of having a meal plan at Suffolk if they live in the 10 West apartments. Seeing as all students have to eat, it is not necessarily Suffolk who is taking advantage of students through their meal plan system, it is practically all colleges and universities that have a set meal plan in place for students. Suffolk automatically
charges on-campus students meal plan “C”- costing $1,288 per semester. If students feel they need more money than that, they can choose meal plan “B,” costing $1,445 per semester, or meal plan “A,” costing $1,611 per semester. Although $1,288 may sound like a lot of money to be spent on food in just one semester, it turns out Suffolk’s meal plan is one of the cheapest compared to other schools in the Boston area, probably because Suffolk anticipates that students will run out and will have to put more money on their cards eventually. Each meal purchased in a Suffolk dining hall or café is made up of a carbohydrate, a protein, fruits or vegetables and a drink ends up costing somewhere between $9 and $13, according to the prices listed in Miller Hall and 150 Tremont’s cafes. Each semester is about three and a half to four months long, roughly 110 days.
In order to not run out of meal plan money by the end of the semester, students can spend about 12 dollars a day. Seeing as many students eat three meals per day in the cafeteria and also spend money on coffee and snacks, it is easy to see why students would quickly run out of meal plan money. Some even ran out as early as October of last year. Students with meal plans “A” and “B” also find that they have to add money to their RAM card in order to not run out of money by the end of the semester. According to sodexousa.com, Sodexo provides “quality of life services” to campuses, businesses, schools, energy and resource facilities, and government services across the country. At Suffolk, we know Sodexo as the primary food supplier of our dining halls and cafes.
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Lack of diversity in politics leads to strife Patrick Holmes
It is tiring to watch old white men continue to lead this country into the dark ages. They are a misrepresentation of the United States and everything that we stand for, especially the ones who identify with the beliefs of President Donald Trump. With a predominantly white, male cabinet, Trump does not represent the U.S. By 2055, the country is expected to have no ethnic or racial majority, according to the Pew Research Center. As a whole, 46 percent of the population will be white but the other 54 percent will be divided by
other races, such as Black, Hispanic or Asian. That being said, it is time for the “old white men” to be voted out of their positions and a new era of different races, genders and identities to take over to represent a diverse nation. Although the 19 Amendment was ratified in 1920, women still only make up one fifth of Congress and the House. Moreover, there are only seven openly gay Congress members, according to the New York Times. There is little representation in politics for many Americans, which is troubling. How are we supposed to be portrayed accurately if the people running the nation are not diverse? Early in 2016, The Washington Post reported on the lack of diversity
within Congress and state legislatures. Only 17 percent of Congress was a minority and only 14 percent state legislatures while the U.S. population is made up of 38 percent of minorities. The people within the U.S. are a much larger number compared to the political positions, so this is disappointing. Consequently, it’s no surprise that the U.S. is in a political uproar with a deep division through the country. The men who are currently running the country do not have most Americans values and needs in mind. For example, President Trump is a businessman focused on the economy and is treating the nation like a company that he
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Editor’s Word Throughout the confirmation hearings, the thennominee Betsy DeVos, who practically paid her way to the Secretary of Education position, displayed her utter lack of experience in public education. Both her inconsiderable absence of knowledge on education policy and what was the closest vote for a cabinet position in history should serve as a red flag to educators and students alike across this nation. DeVos is unqualified, yet she was confirmed with an emergency vote from Vice President Mike Pence. This confirmation could have a strong impact on Suffolk University, specifically because of her sheer disregard for student loans and blindness to those who are not classified with the top one percent. Instead, DeVos wants to further the Trump agenda and steer as far as possible from former President Barack Obama’s legacy. In her hearings, she stated her aspiration to move away from Obama’s commitment to fight against sexual assault on campuses. This should stand as a horror to the entire Suffolk community, a community that has worked to ensure that all students are safe on campus, including sexual assault victims. Betsy DeVos does not stand for students who study within the United States and she does not stand for the diverse community that Suffolk has. The Suffolk Journal’s editorial board stands against the Secretary of Education. ~ The Journal Staff
Sodexo food system seems overpriced From SODEXO page 9
Despite Sodexo’s bubbly slogan, promising to bring “quality of life services” to Suffolk, it seems as if Sodexo is more focused on making money off of college students rather than bettering their quality of life. It seems many other schools have similar motives. Regardless of who is doing the work to prepare and cook the food, whether it be a corporate dining company such as Sodexo or workstudy students alongside experienced cooks, there seems to be more money going directly to the university than is necessary. It seems a little excessive for a single apple or orange to cost $1.09 or a small bag of candy to cost $3.99. Many other schools, like Boston University, have plans based off of a swipe system, allowing students to swipe into their dining hall and eat whatever they choose, costing them just one swipe. Depending on the meal plan they choose, students have a limited number of swipes per day - usually two or three. In contrast, Sodexo works off of an a la carte system,
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charging students for each individual item they purchase. The main difference between schools that work off of swipes and schools that work off an a la carte system is that schools that use swipes usually have a cafeteria run by students alongside experienced kitchen workers, as opposed to schools that use corporate catering companies like Sodexo. Compared to Boston University, whose cheapest yearly meal plan is a staggering $5,060, according to the Boston University website, Suffolk appears to be significantly more
affordable. But is one plan necessarily better than another? While Suffolk’s upfront meal plan cost is cheaper, Boston University, and other schools with similar meal plan systems, anticipate that students will eat as much as they possibly can at their school dining halls. Therefore, they increase the meal plan prices based on the promise they make to students that the students can have all they can eat, practically whenever they want. Meanwhile, Suffolk students are forced to see the price of every individual meal they purchase and wind up
feeling like they are spending an excessive amount on food. In actuality, the money spent on food ends up being about the same; each school just has a unique way of disguising it. The price of having a corporate company provide dining services or work-study students provide dining services is already worked somewhere into the price of room and board on the tuition bill. Both services are required to be paid for providing a service. But to Suffolk students, having the price of everything we eat right in front of our face before we purchase the food makes our meal plan system seem just a little bit harsher. Keeping in mind transportation costs and labor costs, it is understandable why food would be somewhat highly priced when living on a college campus. Unfortunately, the excessively priced food appears as if college campuses are capitalizing on students through their dining services. Based on the cost of individual food items and meal plan prices, universities give the impression that they are doing more than just sustaining their dining services.
Reduce, but not reuse and recycle our leaders From POLITICS page 9
can do whatever he wants to. The reality is that we are not a business. We are not inanimate objects that can be pushed to the side and be complacent. There are basic needs that many Americans live without, such as clean water in Flint, Mich. that Trump and many legislators are glazing over, so the people protest and rebel for their basic needs and rights. It is difficult to fight for one’s rights in a country run by a uniform administration and legislation. When you are under represented or not portrayed at all, it is challenging to have hope in a place you love so much and to have hope in others, especially with no one in power to relate to. Within the next few years, America must
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stand up and fight for their representation in politics. In recent times, many citizens have brushed politics to the side and Trump is the consequence of those actions. Americans must be more civically active to create the nation they want to see. There were 100 million people did not vote in
the recent presidential election, according to the Washington Post, leaving the country in shambles and many pointing fingers. The only ones who are to blame for such a divisive population are the ones who did not cast their vote and thus left many questioning the future of the U.S. Although we have had
past mistakes with being civically involved, now is the time to change the past to have the future better represent U.S. citizens. In upcoming elections, it is necessary for all or the majority of Americans to be aware of politics. It is time to take politics away from the white men.
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Schiebel records historic hundredth Crampton assists courtside Brooke Patterson Asst. Sports Editor
As her senior basketball season dwindles to an end, “point god” Kelsey Schiebel brought in her 100th career start on Feb. 9 at Albertus Magnus College. Schiebel joined three other Lady Rams, Iliana Quadri ‘15, Jacqueline Vienneau ‘13 and Katie Librandi ‘02, with this collegiate career accomplishment. “It’s been an honor to be part of such a successful program over the last four years,” said Schiebel in an interview with The Suffolk Journal on Monday. “I’m close with two of the girls on that list so we talked a little bit about it and made me really think of all the great runs that I’ve had with the different teams over that time period.” At the Nest in New Haven, Conn., Schiebel added to the 63-56 win by putting in 19 points for the Lady Rams. As of Tuesday, Schiebel now has a total of 258 points this season, averaging 10.8 points per game. “It’s made me feel extremely grateful,” said Schiebel. “To look back on all the teammates and
friendships I’ve created and the support I’ve gotten from the coaching staff for the last four years.” For many people, starting in 100 collegiate games would be a huge milestone, but Schiebel knew the contest against Albertus Magnus College was a big game so she chose to focus on helping the team win. “We talk a lot about accomplishing things as a team, and I don’t necessarily feel that we have yet,” said Schiebel. “We’ve grown a lot as a team and have been really successful, but I think we all know that the ultimate goal or accomplishment that we feel is possible is winning the [Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship].” Schiebel may have a new lucky number of 100 because on Jan. 26 she also appeared in her 100th collegiate game as a Suffolk University athlete. Although the team fell short to Johnson and Wales University with a final score of 5449, the game was still an accomplishment for Schiebel as it added her to the list of 16 players to compete in 100 collegiate games. “I've had the privilege
to call [Schiebel] a teammate and a friend for the past four years,” said senior guard Georgia Bourikas in an interview with The Journal on Tuesday. “She's an unbelievable basketball player and I’ve always admired her drive and determination to better herself and the team. Watching her accomplish not only playing, but starting in 100 games, was unbelievable and I'm so proud to see her growth in who she is as a player and a person.” Schiebel will play in one last conference game Saturday against Emmanuel College for the Lady Rams. During the game, the team will recognize their seniors before they all make a run for the playoffs. “I’ve been trying not to think about it,” said Schiebel. “All these games down the stretch for me have been very meaningful.” Schiebel said she has had too many memorable moments the past four years at Suffolk, but some that stood out among others were starting in her first game ever as a freshman and winning games with only seconds left. She also recognized Bourikas and senior forward Alex Clark
for coming in as freshman together with her and being teammates for the past four years. “We started out as roommates our freshman year and there's no one I'd rather have beside me throughout our college years,” said Bourikas. “Off the court, she's one of my best friends, and I think that's why we play so well on the court together. She's my point guard and I'm her shooter and there's no other way I'd have it.” After graduation, Schiebel joked about leaving behind a pile of her clothes and sneakers in the locker room for her teammates, but on a more serious note, she said she hopes to end the season successfully with a banner hanging in Ridgeway.
practice will be held on Feb. 19 at 4:00 p.m. at the Ridgeway gymnasium, following another practice on Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m. at Somerset. Turner said they held two practices last semester. Since the cheer squad is still working on getting a vacant classroom for a general meeting held every week on Tuesdays and setting fixed practice times as practices times are currently subject to change. They are working on routines and establishing a set schedule that at least accommodates the roster. Besides holding practices on Sundays and Fridays, Shoko said that they try to work out during the week as well. “We try to focus on strengthening the core, because it’s really important in terms of cheerleading,” said Shoko. The weekly workouts correlate into the club’s goals for the rest of the year. Shoko added that it is important for members
to continue to work on their strengthening. “They say cheerleading is the easiest sport to lose, but the hardest sport to relearn,” Shoko said. “So, it’s just making sure we are all up to speed and ready to hopefully start doing a pep rally.” Shoko has even looked into some competitions already. “We hope to cheer at games and maybe cosponsor pep rallies with other clubs on campus,” said Shoko. Nelson thinks that the club will add school spirit and get more people to go to sports games. He hopes that they will cheer for both men’s and women’s basketball teams. For the rest of the semester until parting for summer break, Giacomini said she wants to get the basics down with the club, stay in shape and work on conditioning. “I want to come back strong [in the fall] and get ready to dive in,” said Giacomini.
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“My goal is to have them compete by next spring,” said Giacomini as she looks for the club to be recognized as a varsity sport in the future. However, she adds that: “I want to get the ball rolling and get it rolling quickly, but I understand I have to be patient.” Carter and Shoko said that they started off with 10 girls to having 22 members as of now. They recruited members through the university’s annual Somerset Plaza Palooza Fair and during the winter involvement fair. Once the club reaches its peak number of 30 members, Carter and Shoko have considered holding tryouts. With a bigger team, Carter said she wants the team to be able to compete and
First-year club member Angela Turner said in a recent interview with The Journal that joining the cheerleading club was her next best thing to get involved on campus. The 18-year-old freshman, a criminal justice major, used to participate in gymnastics and knew that she would not be “out of the loop cheerleading.” “There’s no reason not to join, we’re all starting new,” said Turner. Nelson said that 22 members is a remarkable number, because for many years the athletics department would send out a survey to accepted freshmen, asking students whether or not they were interested in participating in cheerleading and other varsity sports the university offered at the time. “The number 22 far exceeds the responses we were getting back in the late 2009-10,” said Nelson. The club’s first official
From making assists playing basketball to becoming a graduate assistant in the athletics department at Suffolk University, Carolyn Crampton has a passion for sports. She currently holds a position as a manager within the Michael and Larry Smith Fitness Center, an assistant coach to the women’s basketball team and she is also a graduate student at Suffolk. As a two-year graduate assistant, her main position at Suffolk, she is a student pursuing a Masters in administration of higher education and will be graduating in December. Crampton will finish out this season with the Lady Rams. In furthering her career, she hopes to continue coaching after she receives her master’s and possibly become an athletic director. “Head coaches usually have an assistant position to the athletic director, so I would like to start there and work my way up,” said Crampton in an interview with The Suffolk Journal on Feb. 6. With experience under her belt in coaching and playing women’s basketball, Crampton is a resource full of wisdom for the athletes at Suffolk. “This team is very different than the other teams I have worked with,” said Crampton. “I think the kids just have a different energy about the game and how they get up and down the floor so quickly and aren't afraid of big moments.” She went on to say that it is a great joy to be a part of Suffolk athletics and to help coach women’s basketball at the university. “Carolyn has had an awesome impact on our team,” said sophomore forward Shannon Smith in an interview with The Journal on Monday. “She brings so much energy to our team, especially on the bench. She’s really become a good friend to all of us and always gives us helpful feedback to improve our basketball skills.” Crampton has considered herself a “basketball junkie” ever since she was a
young kid who grew up in Reading, Mass. and seemed to always be in a gym. She was captain of her basketball team at Vassar College in Arlington, N.Y., where she started 88 of her 99 game appearances. As captain, she led her team to the program’s first Liberty League Championship and National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament appearance. and was a full-time head coach there for two years after she graduated. She played basketball year round during her high school career at Reading Memorial High School and then, in 2011, she received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in economics at Vassar. “I was always interested in finding out why people did what they do and it helps in the psychology aspect of sports to do your best,” said Crampton, referring to her degree in psychology. When she worked for an outside sales recruiting agency, ProServices Incorporated for nine months after she graduated, even though she has a minor in economics, Crampton realized that her quick wit in mathematics was not something she enjoyed pursuing. She realized this early on, so she coached high school women’s basketball at Reading Memorial parttime during Pro-Services. “I’ve played basketball all my life. I’ve always loved it and wanted to coach to stay involved with it,” said Crampton in an interview with The Journal last Monday. Since her brothers loved basketball, it’s clear that she was made for the sport. According to Crampton, her father is also a basketball fan and helped coach her brothers teams at Reading Memorial. Her reason for attending Suffolk and becoming involved in the athletics department was simple-- she wanted to be closer to home. “She has been a great addition to our coaching staff,” said junior guard Alexandra Nagri in an interview with The Journal on Monday. “She brings experience, enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport to practices.”
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Cheerleading stunts a comeback Bennett. “Cheerleading is insanely competitive, and the stunts get more dangerous and creative After the 61-year every year.” varsity club officially Nelson said that concluded its program in some of the difficulties 2010, senior Ngaa Shoko the club faced were lack wanted to re-introduce of sufficient practice cheerleading again at time, as they practiced Suffolk University. once a week on Sunday The cheerleading club afternoons. officially started back up “The number of last semester in the fall- cheerleaders were - and they are looking to probably at a minimum be recognized as a varsity in terms of being able sport this time around. to do a certain number “We are excited to of routines they would get everything up and like to,” said Nelson in running and see the cheer an interview with The club grow,” said Shoko in a Journal on Tuesday recent interview with The afternoon. “And then Suffolk Journal. Hopefully unfortunately, there were [the cheerleading club] several injuries to some becomes a varsity sport.” of the key personnel on The varsity club was it and the combination founded in 1948. Former of numbers, insufficient Athletics Director Jim practice times and those Nelson, who is known injuries that it was felt as “Coach Nelson” at that for safety reasons Suffolk, said that the that the program would club had little interest be disbanded at that and fewer members than point.” the athletics department Nelson adds that he is had hoped for after the not sure that grounded is opening of the Ridgeway the appropriate term. building on Tuesday, In her last year Feb. 5, 1991. The club coaching the team in dissolved in the late 90s 2010, Bennett said she had before it started back up a meeting for returning again in 2000-01 before and new members to getting grounded in 2010. explain the decision to Because of the risks of ground the team, most sustaining injuries while of the girls walked out of performing stunts, the the meeting. athletics department “Grounding the squad ended the program prevents them from in 2010 for safety competing, and as a precautions. The team result no one wanted to was no longer able to try out,” said Bennett. compete. Even when they The cheerleading club practiced, a medical staff under Bennett’s two-year was unavailable to attend era also had the challenge to the club on site due of getting practice time after hours. in Ridgeway as they Former cheerleading were given only Sunday coach Krystle Bennett, afternoons to practice. As who coached the team a team that was looking during the 2009-10 to compete, Bennett said seasons said in an it was not “nearly enough interview with The time to practice.” The Journal via email last squad not only had to April that the club was work around the practice grounded because one of times of Suffolk’s varsity the squad members got sports teams men’s and hurt while stunting at women’s basketball and practice. women’s volleyball, but “ U n f o r t u n a t e l y , intramural sports as well. injuries in cheerleading “This makes the team are not uncommon, more prone to injury, but I think the athletics and there was no medical department wanted to staff on site, since it was prevent further injury, off hours,” said Bennett. which brought them If practice had to be to the decision to canceled or if a member ground the team,” said missed a practice, the
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team would go two full weeks without practice at times during their season. In the practices missed, Bennett said that the club had to rework stunts and routines, which took time out of working on new routines and advancing stunts. They were unable to compete and perform as a team nationally and cheered at some home basketball games instead. “Even before the team was grounded, it was hard to keep the squad together,” said Bennett. “So, if the school wants to bring back a competitive cheerleading team, they need to invest the time and money into the program.” When asked on the possibility of the program getting grounded again, current head coach Tainara Giacomini said that safety is her number one concern and she “definitely” understands the vulnerability of sustaining injuries that comes with the sport. To avoid injuries, Giacomini wants to work on the basics with the team’s newcomers, stunts and conditioning. Some of the tools she will provide at practices are a balance beam and exercise stands to help the girls balance as well to build stronger muscles. “With a lot of exercise and conditioning, we can keep this program running and be [as] competitive as we can,” said Giacomini in a phone interview with The Journal on Monday afternoon. “I want this program to be successful as it can be.” Besides starting cheerleading back up again as a way for the senior to get involved at Suffolk as a transfer student, Shoko thought of other Suffolk students who wanted to get involved in cheerleading, but could not. “I remember having so much fun at cheer practice, even though it was a lot of work,” said Shoko. “It was always the most fun; and getting to competitions, working toward competitions and cheering at basketball games were always the
best.” Shoko, a government major with a concentration in international relations, thought that cheerleading would be the best way for her to get involved on campus when she realized that Suffolk used to have a cheer team through the university’s yearbooks. “I just felt like Suffolk should have [cheerleading], because there’s a lot of people that do want to get involved in cheering,” said Shoko. “It’d be the perfect way to get them involved, but also to build up some school spirit.” After Shoko started her own student organization on campus and became the president, sophomore Stephanie Carter heard about the club and contacted Shoko to join. “I love cheering, because you meet new people, it’s a good workout and it’s fun,” said Carter, an applied legal studies major. Carter, who volunteered to become vice president of the club, said that with her position she makes sure that the girls are happy, having fun, enjoying the experience and bonding as a team. Carter also reached out to her former coach, Giacomini, in her time cheering with Pop Warner to take on the role as the club’s head coach. With 10 years of cheering and working as an assistant coach for six to seven years, she is confident of the club and her first head coach position. “I have quite a lot of experience,” said Giacomini. Giacomini, who works as a discharge planner at Nashua Street Jail, said that she learned of the available coaching position through Carter and contacted Shoko. In her first meeting with the group, she said she treats the club as an already competitive team. “[Carter] told me that the club is getting started from the ground up and I love being a part of that,” said Giacomini.
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